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Homeless advocates: Giving to panhandles does more harm than good

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Homeless advocates: Giving to panhandles does more harm than good

KGMI News Reporting
By Tracy Ellis

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Homeless advocates are asking people to not give money to panhandlers, saying it does more harm than good.

Ron Buchinski with Bellingham’s Lighthouse Mission says they use the money to buy drugs and alcohol.

Play Ron Buchinski on panhandlers

The cities of Arlington and Marysville have launched an effort to stem panhandling.

Businesses are posting signs and stickers to encourage people to give to local charities instead.

Marysville’s mayor says panhandlers are creating traffic and safety concerns.